(ANSA) - Rome, February 27 - French President Francois
Hollande and Italian center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani said
Wednesday that Europe must pay attention to Italy after
elections there produced no clear majority in parliament.
"The economic crisis and the suffering surrounding it are
at this point so serious that even the European Union cannot and
must not remain deaf to the clear message that emerged from the
vote in Italy," said a joint statement after a telephone
After a disappointing performance in elections Sunday and
Monday, Bersani and the center left squeaked by with a majority
in the House but failed to secure a majority in the Senate and
now the parliament looks poised for gridlock.
The result is largely due to the surprising performance of
rival populist candidates Beppe Grillo and Silvio Berlusconi,
who rode on euro-skeptic, anti-austerity platforms and together
won over 50% of the popular vote.
Bersani on Wednesday appealed to Grillo to break the Senate
deadlock but was rebuffed.
"Reforming the Italian political system and relaunching
measures to resolve the social problems caused by the recession
are two decisive aims for Italy," said the joint statement.